Bacon's Rebellion 2012
It was a time of strife, distrust and anger, forcing some to stand up and challenge royal authority. These difficult times led many to rally around one individual, Nathaniel Bacon, to take up arms and revolt against a perceived tyrant. No, this was not the American Revolution, but Bacon's Rebellion which occurred 100 years before the Declaration of independence.
It was on September 19, 1676 that Nathaniel Bacon drove loyalists under Governor Sir William Berkeley out of Jamestown and proceeded to loot and burn the town. This was the climatic event of the rebellion. Bacon soon thereafter died and the rebellion collapsed.
Some of the most important events of the rebellion happened at Jamestown, and the conflict itself destroyed most of the city. Bacon's Rebellion was one of the largest and most violent events in the colony's first century. It forever changed the political, economic, and social climate of Virginia.
Witness history as the events of 1676 unfold and decide to become a rebel or loyalist as we commemorate the 336th anniversary of Bacon's Rebellion.
During the day, three special programs will feature Governor Sir William Berkeley recounting the events of the rebellion from his perspective. In the evening, during a walking tour , the details of this dramatic event will unfold as visitors experience the conflict through the "eyewitness" account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676. The hour-long program will include a tour through the ruins of the town and controlled fires will recreate the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676. Stand before the ruins of the statehouse as symbolic flames once again rise over the city.
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Come, walk back in time as we explore the tumultuous events of 1676 and Bacon's Rebellion.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. - Throughout the day Park Ranger historical tours will begin at the Tercentennial Monument.
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Preservation Virginia will provide Archaeological tours of the original rediscovered site of James Fort beginning at the Tercentennial Monument.
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - William Berkeley, governor of Virginia recounts events of Bacon's Rebellion at Jamestown's Memorial Church.
7:00 p.m. - Join with Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676 as he presents an eyewitness account of the events leading to the 1676 burning of Jamestown. This hour and fifteen minute program begins at the Jamestown Tercentennial Monument and concludes with a symbolic burning of Jamestown.
Jamestown's Dale House Cafe will remain open until 6:45 p.m. to continue serving sandwiches, soups, drinks and light refreshments before the evening program.
Park entrance fees apply and will be collected at the Visitor Center until 7:00 p.m. Entrance fees are $10.00 per adult with children 15 and under free. Your receipt will be good for seven consecutive days both at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.
Entrance gate closes at 7:00 p.m. Exit gate remains open. No entry permitted after entrance gate closes. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service, Colonial Williamsburg and Preservation Virginia.
Did You Know?
The common dandelion, buttercup and white clover we see in Virginia today originally came from Europe.